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Schedule 2 - Scrapie

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 4th December 2001.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Opposition Whip (Commons) 4:45 pm, 4th December 2001

As my hon. Friend her case on this powerful and lengthy group of amendments, I am becoming increasingly alarmed. Under proposed new section 62C, which relates to the amendments, the inspector is turned into a demigod who has total power over everyone and everything that moves and breathes, without any restriction on his powers when he is in situ. The more I read the drafting and listen to my hon. Friend's comments, the less there seems to be a right of appeal or anyone sitting in judgment on the inspector's actions. The Bill gives him an absolute right to walk over everyone and slaughter everything in sight, without safeguards for farmers or their animals. The proposed new section gives an absolute power that is abhorrent in our country and situation.